Top 10 Reasons Why Organic Food is Cheaper
Is organic food really worth it?
Here are ten reasons why organic food is cheaper in the long run:
1. Organic food increases one’s health, vitality, and longevity. This nutrient dense food contains no chemicals or pesticides. This decreases your chances of illness, strengthens your immune system, and prevents toxicity in the body, all-resulting in more energy and productivity.
2. Your brain is only as healthy as the body it is living in. Your brain actually uses up about 20% of energy stores and around 80% of the available blood sugar. Therefore, the food you put on your plate is not only feeding your body but also your brain. There are incredible amounts of research linking brain health to the foods we eat. Many of the chemicals and pesticides used in conventional farming practices are toxic to the nervous and hormonal systems. Consuming organic foods will ensure healthier brain function, leading to increased productivity, decision-making, mood, and overall consciousness.
3. The greater health that an organic diet provides will aid in lowering medical bills and doctors visits in the long run. In addition, a stronger immune system means less sick days from work and greater opportunities for career success.
4. Organic foods provide much more nutrient density than conventionally raised foods. Research has shown that consuming organic over conventional leads to a reduction in consumption by over 30%. Since your body is receiving more nutrition in less quantity, satiation occurs much earlier. This decrease in consumption is not only kind to your wallet, but can have a long term rippling effect towards helping feed the world.
5. When we go the extra mile in finding high quality organic foods, we tend to value our purchases more. Therefore, we allow less food to go to waste and will have a tendency to eat out less. Eating out is a huge financial expense and investing in organic food is a great way to cut back on this.
6. Supporting organic farming is a great way to support environmental health. Whether we realize it or not, the environment we live in is an integral part of the overall health of our society. We are all a product of many environmental influences and we usually mirror back in our own bodies what we are doing to the body of the planet.
7. Conventional farming is one of the greatest sources of water wastage. Supporting organic farming practices and raising animals on open pastures in their natural environment is one of the most important ways you can help water conservation. In addition, conventional farming practices are one of the biggest contributors to the greenhouse gas effect.
8. Organic farming practices support the natural ecosystem and plant and animal life. The use of pesticides and chemicals destroy the microorganisms in the soil. These microorganisms are the bedrock of the health of our planet. These microorganisms provide health and nutrition to the plants. The plants provide health and nutrition for the animals and the plants and animals provide for the humans. The closed cycle results in us all returning back to the soil for the microorganisms. Conventional farming has disrupted this cycle resulting in damaged soils, nutrient deficient plants, and sick animals. Remember, you are what you eat. Can you really get health from sick plants and animals?
9. Supporting organic farming and spreading awareness of the benefits will help regenerate our soils. Conventional practices and the use of dangerous chemicals has destroyed much of the soils, making them unfit for farming practices. Supporting this regeneration process will aid in feeding high quality foods to hungry populations that have less availability. Much of the food shortages have come from the fact that due to ignorant use of dangerous chemicals, less and less land is suitable for farming practices. Voting with your dollars is the fastest way to finding a solution for these issues.
10. Leading a more organic lifestyle is one that is more mindful. Mindfulness is an important practice in cultivating and expanding one’s awareness of what they are creating in their own lives and in relationship to others and the world. We live in a fast past consumer-based world and are lacking in basic mindfulness practices. This has resulted in a gross overconsumption of materialistic goods (including food) due to an innate emptiness or lack of satiation. Living more mindfully, consciously, and cultivating a sense of fulfillment from the inside out will lead to less of a need to use food consumption as a form of self-medicating. Becoming more aware of where you spend your dollars is the first step in the right direction.